Radar Recollections - A Bournemouth University / CHiDE / HLF project


Why worth Matrevers - The Bruneval Raid... "Operation Biting"

There had been a number of raids against the industrial complexes of the Ruhr valley during the winter of 1941 / 1942 and many allied bombers had been destroyed by German anti-aircraft fire, even at night and under overcast conditions. The Germans had developed and improved their radar system. One that could be used for directing anti-aircraft fire was known as 'Wurzburg'. Aerial reconnaissance had suggested that one of these units had been installed near Bruneval in Normandy…
The Installation at Brunval
The Installation at Brunval
A combined Paratroop and Royal Navy raid was planned. The training for "Operation Biting" was conducted off the Dorset coast….
Commando training at 'Osmington' beach
Commando training at 'Osmington' beach
The raid was successful and a
number of the German radar
components were brought back to
Worth Matravers for analysis which
confirmed the operating wavelength
to be 50 cms and the range, 12 miles.
Don Priest - with radar
Don Presit - with part of the captured radar
Donald Priest, one of the TRE (transmitter) scientists involved with the raid stated that the German equipment was better built and in advance of the British gun-laying radar of the day. It was soon possible to develop a 'jamming' device which gave the allied bombers far more protection when engaged on missions into German territory.
Mr S. Ratcliffe